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2 ACPs suspended, trial from Jan 3
New 24x7 helpline to be launched Justice Verma committee begins work
Tribune News Service

Victim’s condition worsens
The medical condition of the victim deteriorated on Monday after she showed tendencies of internal bleeding, with doctors at Safdarjung Hospital describing her condition "very serious and very critical" but psychologically fit
Medical Superintendent Dr BD Athani said, “We noticed a tendency for internal bleeding last night. Simply put, she has reduced capacity for coagulation (the process by which blood forms clots). She continues to be on a ventilator.”
Athani said the bleeding was due of sepsis, a severe blood infection that could even lead to organ failure, but her vital parameters were normal

New Delhi, December 24
The Delhi Government today suspended two Assistant Commissioners of Police for negligence and sought an explanation from two Deputy Commissioners of Police for not being able to prevent the brutal assault and gang rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in a moving bus in the National Capital.

At a press conference here, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna, who cut short his US visit, said ACPs Mohan Singh of Traffic wing and Yadram of PCR had been suspended and asked to explain their conduct on the night of the incident. “I have instructed the Police Commissioner to seek an explanation from DCPs Premnath (Traffic) and Satvir Katara (PCR) and disciplinary action against them will be decided on the basis of that," he said.

He also announced that citizens in distress could call Special Commissioner Sudhir Yadav’s number (9818099012) to report cases of harassment of women or other related issues. Yadav was also appointed as the nodal officer for dealing with women's organisations and would meet their representatives on the last Friday of every month.

After a two-and-a half hour meeting with representatives of various women's groups, Khanna said it would be mandatory for the duty officer of all police stations in the Capital to register the complaint of the woman who approached them. He also condemned the Delhi Police’s crackdown at India Gate last night, adding that the public’s anger was justifiable.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit announced that a round-the-clock helpline ‘181’ would be operational from December 31 for women in distress and will function from her office.

Dikshit also met the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court along with Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde today evening. Trial of this “rarest of the rare” case is to begin from January 3 on a daily basis. The three-member committee of jurists, constituted to give recommendations on amending laws to provide speedier justice and enhanced punishment in sexual assault cases, began its work today by issuing notice seeking public comments on the issue by January 5.

Headed by former Chief Justice of India JS Verma, the committee sought comments from the public in general, particularly eminent jurists, legal professionals, NGOs, women's groups and civil society members on reviewing the existing laws in a bid to provide quicker justice and stringent punishment in cases of aggravated sexual assault, an official statement said. It is likely to submit its report within 30 days.

Comments can be sent at the email ID justice.verma@nic.in or through fax at 011-23092675 till January 5.





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